During the COVID-19 pandemic, the death rate of non-infected people is higher than that of infected people… why?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the death rate of non-infected people is higher than that of infected people… why?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the death rate of non-infected people is higher than that of infected people… why?

A recent study found that during the COVID-19 pandemic, mortality rates for uninfected patients in hospitals were significantly higher. It is analyzed that interest in non-infected people has been neglected due to the rapid increase in corona patients. [사진=어스닷컴]

【Newsquest=Hyung-Keun Kim, Science Reporter】 According to a new study led by Kennesaw State University in Georgia, the United States, the surge in COVID-19 has paralyzed hospitals across the United States during the coronavirus pandemic, which has made patient care across the board difficult. .

Professor Weiwei Chen of the university, who led the study, said non-corona19 patients had poor results due to the large number of corona-infected patients in hospitals.

For example, these uninfected patients lost access to health care, resulting in an in-hospital mortality rate 1.2 times higher than before the epidemic began.

Deprived of opportunity to receive medical care for non-infected people

Professor Chen explained, “Many factors have contributed to the increase in the death rate among non-infected patients along with the rapid increase in COVID-19 patients, but the main cause seems to be a lack of resources, such as fatigue of medical workers, lack of manpower, and fewer beds.”

Of course, the results were mostly negative, but some patterns observed over the course of the study could help guide ways to mitigate overcrowding and improve patient outcomes in the future, such as replacing hospital patients with home care as an alternative treatment option.

“The main implication is that detailed, real-time monitoring of patient outcomes in hospitals during a pandemic is very important. That is the best way to ensure the best patient outcomes possible,” emphasized Prof. Chen.

These findings could provide important help in preparing better in case of future pandemics or other large-scale diseases.

The study is one of the first to quantify the impact of the COVID-19 surge on hospital discharge outcomes, especially among uninfected patients.

Professor Chen pointed out, “The high mortality rate of patients who are not infected with COVID-19 means that hospitals have focused on fighting COVID-19 and the quality of medical care has declined.”

“Although it has not been found necessary to transfer to another hospital, home care care at home shows promise as an alternative treatment option during an epidemic,” said Prof. Chen.

“In a pandemic, it’s important to have timely feedback on patient outcomes so we can maintain and improve the quality of care and learn for the future,” he stressed.

The study was published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.

The article is in Korean

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